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BBM app now available for iPad and iPod

November 17, 2013 3:25pm
After conquering the hearts of many iPhone and Android phone users, the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) app is now targeting as iPad and iPod owners as potential users.
In a blog post, BlackBerry said its update to the iOS app now has support for the iPad tablet and iPod media player, so long as they can use WiFi.
BlackBerry also said a new update has rolled out for Android devices as well.
"In addition to several new features, bug fixes and performance improvements, we are also proud to deliver something you’ve been asking for: support for iPod and iPads!" it said. http://blogs.blackberry.com/2013/11/bbm-for-android-and-iphone-updates-now-available/
The features for the updated BBM app for iPhone include:
- Support for iPod and iPad devices running iOS6 and iOS7
- Improvements to right-to-left language support
- More options for sharing your BBM PIN Barcode
- Find your friends on other social networks who are also using BBM
- Fixes an issue where some users would be missing BBM contact names
Meanwhile, the new features for the updated Android app include:
- Support for BBM Contact Categories
- BBM Group List sorting and filtering improvements
- More options for sharing your BBM PIN Barcode
- Find your friends on other social networks who are also using BBM
- Addresses an issue where some users may have experienced higher battery use
BlackBerry also said the update introduces the new Share PIN option to make sharing a PIN Barcode even easier.
"Using this option you can quickly share your PIN Barcode across your favorite social network as well as other options provided by your device’s operating system," it said.
Another new feature is "Tell Your Friends," which lets a user see which of his or her friends on other social networks are also using BBM, so he or she can invite them to chat.
A separate article on TechHive.com said the updated app works on both Wi-Fi-only iPads and ones with cellular capability.
It added BBM's usage numbers show people may be interested in the app even if they do not own a BlackBerry device.
"Before BlackBerry Messenger rolled out to the iPhone and Android-based devices, it had 60 million users, and now it has 80 million, BlackBerry said," it added. — KDM, GMA News 
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